Quarterback Robert Griffin III was almost a Baltimore Raven according to Adam Shefter on Twitter.
On ESPN’s NFL Live, where he is a guest analyst for next two days, QB Robert Griffin III said he worked out for Chargers last summer, almost played for Ravens, and has had “interesting offers” from other teams as well.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 12, 2017
RGIII was an electrifying young quarterback, years ago. Drafted by the Washington Redskins in 2012, Griffin would have a very successful rookie season, throwing for 3,200 yards, 20 touchdowns, and only 5 interceptions. What made him remarkable was his legs. In his first year, he rushed for 815 yards and seven touchdowns. Those are solid numbers for a running back, let alone a quarterback.
Injuries absolutely destroyed his career. These injuries include: an LCL sprain, torn ACL, LCL, meniscus, a dislocated ankle, a concussion, and a shoulder fracture, all within four years. It’s a sad outcome for such a promising young player. The world will never know what Robert Griffin III could have been.
After a very short stint with the Cleveland Browns last season, Griffin was yet again looking for a new team. It just so happened at the same time Baltimore was dealing with some quarterback controversy. Joe Flacco injured his back during training camp and was expected to miss all of the preseason and possibly several weeks of the regular season as well. The Ravens backup QB was Ryan Mallett.
RGIII visited with the Ravens and according to a recent report today by Adam Schefter, almost signed with the team. We don’t know how legitimate this claim is, as it came from Griffin himself, but I see no reason for him to lie about it. Would RGIII have been an upgrade over Ryan Mallet? Who knows at this point. Good thing Flacco was able to start week 1 and we never had to worry about such a thing though.